Fénidecht – Disaster Preparedness: Getting Home

As part of the prepping exercise in 2014, I built myself a “get-home-bag” to keep in my car in case something occurred while I was at away from home that required me to either shelter in my car for a period of time, or hike home.  No part of this planning included bugging out of the area so the resulting pack was small.  In the past two years I have reviewed backpacking blogs and site, mapped out my various routes home, and had some experiences that have changed my perceptions.  While my initial attempt was solid for what I knew, I see the pack now as wishful thinking and probably would not have helped me as much as I would hope.

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Fénidecht – Disaster Preparedness: Getting out of dodge.

Back in 2014 I completed an exercise in preparedness and created a  Zombie Apocalypse Go-Bag and then shared my results.  Since then I have taken the bag with me whenever I have gone on  over-night travel more than 60 miles from home.  In doing so I realized the bag I chose was a poor choice, that I didn’t have any idea how to pack such a bag, and that I may not have made the best choice in the items I chose to pack.  So I took to the web and read what the experts had to say; not preppers but recreational backpackers.  The folks who know how to pack, hike, and survive for 5+ days in the bush.  What I learned forced me to make some changes, and now I share what I have learned with you.

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Fénidecht – Of injury and fatness…

A year ago I was injured during Krav Maga.  They call it tendinopthy but most people just call it ‘tennis elbow’, it was coupled with an actual tear in the tendon.  This resulted in pain and constant demotivation to do anything.  Even Zombies, Run! lost its shine.

I went to the doctor immediately after it happened but she didn’t make a diagnosis nor did she send me referrals.  She just said take some Motrin and let her know if it gets worse.  So I changed doctors.  By March I saw my new doctor and she immediately refereed me to an orthopedic doc and sent me for an MRI.  The ortho doc made the diagnosis and sent me to an occupational therapist with a hand and arm specialty.  Best thing ever.

Now a year later my elbow is fully healed and I know stretches to keep it from happening again.  The problem is, I have done nothing to maintain my weight loss in that year and am back up to about 10 pounds under where I started, but 15 higher than where I was when I got injured.  Even with running, it is too infrequent for weight loss, even though I am consistently hitting 5k in 45 minutes…nothing impressive mind you but better than last year.

The point of this brief post is to tell everyone that you can’t allow injury to reverse everything you have worked to accomplish.  I grant you that there are instances in which you simply can’t do anything but if you can move, you can exercise SOMETHING.  What could I have done with a busted elbow?  I could have run more and done just about anything with the core.

Today – I started over.  Did some cardio, some core, and the heavy bag. After 30 minutes I walked away with wobbly legs and a sore shoulder.  But it felt good to be doing something again.  Now to get back to my Krav Maga classes.

Don’t be a fool like me.  Don’t give up.

A Féinnid Training Program – A Link

Preparedness for anything is a key feature of the modern féinnid, and to be prepared you have to train.  Working with the ADF training material with additional material specific to the féinnid, I have put together a training program for a proposed Order within ADF.  While this Order is being discussed by the leadership I can’t share the training material but with a select few who have influenced its development.  However being a blog about being a féinnid, I think it important to share training material with the readers and I have just learned that another féinnid has just posted her training outline.

I invite my readers to head over to the website Shadow of the Hooded Crow and check out the training program written by Saigh Kym Lambert, “Outlaw Warrior Path Training“.  If you do like her work let her know, make a donation, and please respect her intellectual property.

Daily Declaration of a Féinnid #1

An affirmation is a positive self-empowering statement that should be said daily .  They have probably always been around for a long while but became a ‘thing’ in the New Age movement.  As part of our spiritual lives many make affirmations and I support this, and we should make affirmations part of our daily ritual.
As  féinnidi we should do more.  We should declare ourselves to the gods daily our role and remind ourselves who we are and why we do what we do.  This first declaration focuses on the Otherworldly aspect of fénidecht and is a prayer that can be done anytime or anyplace.

Warrior, hunter, poet, seer, outsider, I am what
is feared by the ‘things that go bump in the night.’ With truth in my heart,
strength of my arms, and constancy of my tongue, I walk the boundary between
worlds and stand at the borders guarding against the unknown. Armed against
those who wish to harm; I am the wolf, I am the prey, I am the wild hunt.
 I am a guardian between the realms, a wild beast in the wood, a féinnid
in the service of my people.

*Writing requirement for OOTW course *koyros1 

A brief entry on my training.

Féinnidi should make attempts to be physically fit and prepared to defend themselves and others.  For me this meant joining a local Krav Maga studio, running at least 20 miles per week and a heavy bag.

I used to belong to a gym and I went nearly every day, but only because it was next to my house.  I hated it.  When I moved I stopped all training and continued to expand the waistline.  Sometime in April 2012 I decided to take control and manage my diet.  This kind of worked in that I stopped gaining weight and even began to lose a little.  It wasn’t enough though, I need to either lose 40 pounds are convert it to muscle and make it worth having..

Since then I have taken up running with a goal of 20 miles per week (have not met this goal).  This will grow as my stamina and speed improves…about 30 minutes of running to increase my heart rate is my goal for now.  My real change is Krav Maga.  For those who do not know this is the hand-to-hand combat system used by the Israeli Defense Forces.  My studio is part of the Krav Maga Worldwide and is the version taught by Darren Levine.    These classes are simply fun, and each class is 1 full hour full of cardio,  strength building, toning, fighting and if its a rough day…puking.   I have yet to the last but I have come close.    I call this having fun, since for the first time I have enjoyed training.

As a member of ADF I am also a member of the Warriors Guild and working on the training program they offer.  It requires keeping a journal, so I thought to share the to-date journal here:

May 2013

April 2012 I woke up and started to change my diet to 1700 calories a day with minimal exercise, starting at 250 pounds I dropped to 219 by the time I got married in October.   By April I was back up to 240 due to not sticking to the calorie counting.  So in May 2013 I started eating about 1900 – 2100  calories a day and using my elliptical to hit 3 miles about 3 times a week.

June 2013

Monthly weigh in brings me to 231.8 pounds.  I have introduced actually running outside using an application called “Zombie Run.”  I don’t have much stamina to actually run the entire distance but I am hitting 2 miles walking/jogging 4-5 days a week.

July 2013

Monthly weigh in brings me to 228.6 pounds. For both self-defense and the training I am now part of a Krav Maga studio.  The classes I take focus on teaching the offensive and defensive techniques of Krav Maga along with some core and strength training. Coupled with the cardio I am now hitting the triad of physical improvement.  By the end of the month I felt compelled to do something every day.  The last week of July was spent resting from an injury and preparing to go to a weeklong festival in Canada.  NOT doing some sort of exercise made me feel lazy and kinda depressed.  So I would say by this point physical activity has become a habit and a necessity to well being.  During the month of July I trained at the Krav studio for 8 hours (thats an average of twice a week) and ran/walked a little over 32 miles.

August 2013

Monthly weigh in is 226.6 pounds.  The month started out poorly with a trip to Canada followed by three weeks with poison ivy that prevented me from being able to train at the studio.  That was followed by a week long trip to Atlanta.

September 2013

Monthly weigh in is 229 pounds.  Expected some weight gain with the lack of exercise, not as bad as I expected.  Got started on my program again by walking/jogging 3.81 miles on the 8th followed by Krava Maga on the 9th.

October 2013

Fail month.  I did not weigh in and I attended the studio just once.  However, I did get a heavy bag and started training on that to practice various assault techniques.   I also ran my longest distance of 4.23 miles in a single go using Zombie Run.

November 2013

Monthly weigh in is 232 pounds